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SOMEONE ASKING YOU TO ACT AS AN INTERMEDIARY: You might be asked to open a bank account for a business to assist a charity.

  1. There was nothing online about the charity - red flag

  2. ROMANCE SCHEMES:

  3. Big problem in the state of Washington

  4. Dating app - you “fall in love” The scammer is interested in continuing communication with you and asks you to move to another app such as What's App - you still haven't met the person - It’s common that the scammer says she/he has a job in construction or job that is susceptible to emergencies. They tell you they can’t get to where they need to go and need money or there is an emergency so they need money.

  5. Elderly are particularly vulnerable and they are embarrassed - don't want anyone to know.

  6. Sgt. Alie said they get 5-6 per week locally. The suspect often claims to be a Doctor, Engineer, in the military, has lots of money, for various reasons the victim needs to send money. The suspect may even tell the victim to start looking for a house “for us,” perhaps they’ll even send some money but they don’t want anyone to know about it.

  7. INVESTMENT FRAUD:

  8. High yield - large return - $31 Million lost to Investment fraud in Washington in 2021

  9. Advance fee scheme

  10. There is nothing that can guarantee a 10-15% return

  11. High pressure - good sign it may be a fraudulent scheme

  12. Could be people you know or already trust – not at all unusual – someone from church or a friend or relative or relative of a friend or someone in a club you know. Be careful!

  13. TECH SUPPORT - uses big brand names such as Amazon

  14. LAW ENFORCEMENT IMPERSONATION

  15. GRANDPARENT SCHEMES: A young person calls saying s/he is your grandson/daughter and need money or there will be some consequence. Preys on older adults.

  16. RANSOMEWARE: This is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. Be VERY careful where you click!

  17. IDENTITY THEFT: Clark County has a lot!

REAL ESTATE WIRE FRAUD: Millions of dollars have been wired to fraudsters thinking they are sending the money to a lawyer or title company to purchase a house. Never wire funds without KNOWING where it is going.

  1. RENTAL SCAM: The suspect finds an ad for a property for sale or rent and will put up their own ad on Facebook. Prospective tenants put in applications and a lot of personal information. I recently had a woman from Utah call me and ask if one of my listings was for rent. She had just paid $58 to put in an application and decided to call me since she also found the property for sale before she sent in the first and last month's rent. The listing had an offer on it and was set to close soon and obviously was not for rent.

  2. ACCESS TO PROPERTY: Another scam is when the suspect gains access to a property. Ads are posted to sell large appliances or furniture.

  3. MOVER SCAMS: Be particularly careful about mover scams. Read the contract carefully and check out the reputation of the company.

HOW WILL YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE AT RISK OF BECOMING A VICTIM OF FRAUD?

  1. It's too good to be true

  2. Suspect becomes defensive or threatening when you ask questions

  3. Ask for payment by gift card or asks you to wire funds (very hard to ever recover)

  4. Demands your secrecy

  5. Wants to send you to a new site/platform

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Tell someone . . . This is very important

  2. Contact your bank/financial institutions

  3. Place fraud alerts on your credit reports

  4. Equifax, Experian/TransUnion

  5. www.ic3.gov (FBI/National White Color Crime Center)

  6. Preserve evidence if possible

PREVENTION:

  1. Independently verify who you are talking to

  2. Go to a bank branch or call the number on the back of your credit card

  3. Sign up for free scam alerts from the FTC at https://www.ftc.gov/scams

  4. Screen your calls/emails

  5. USE SOCIAL MEDIA RESPONSIBLY AND SKEPTICALLY

  6. Use debit cards carefully

  7. Buy a MICROCUT shredder

  8. Review bank documents and credit reports regularly

  9. Don't rush into sending money



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